Volunteers in our Community
Sandy is an amazing volunteer in the Ranui community, she is the Treasurer at Ranui Swanson Football Club and sits on the Executive Committee, she volunteers behind the bar at Starling Park, she is also on the Starling Park Board, these are amongst other roles she has had since 1996 at the club, this amounts to 17 years! These are the type of hard working behind the scenes volunteers that don’t get enough recognition or acknowledgment . Sandy won $100 worth of vouchers in August and then $500 worth of vouchers in September through the Lotto and Sport New Zealand Sport Maker campaign all of which she gave back to the club in the form of equipment for the club, she has a T-shirt. This campaign is an opportunity for you the community to says thanks to volunteers.
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We asked Sandy a few key questions about volunteering in the community:
1. What inspires you to be a volunteer and what do you enjoy about it?
Inspiration comes purely from my enjoyment with being involved in the community and being able to give back to a club that provided so much to my family growing.
2. What role(s) do you play in your club/sport?
Current positions held are Club Treasurer and Starling Park sports club representative and volunteer Bar staff through Football season.
3. How long have you volunteered and what different roles have you played?
I have been involved with Ranui Swanson FC since 1996 and have held the following positions:
Team Manager, Committee Member, Treasurer. Midget Delegate, Junior Delegate, Bar Staff, 6th Grade field set up assistant, Starling Park Representative and most importantly PARENT.
4. How will you use your Sport Maker prize pack?
I would like to spend the $500 on goodies which will benefit the club and our teams. Purchases will most likely include ball bags cones and balls ready for the 2014 season. Once stock take is done and we know what gaps we are able to fill with this generous prize pack.
Volunteers are the life blood of Sporting organisations in New Zealand.
In this section we aim to give information to clubs to help with the recruiting and retention of volunteers as well as some ideas on where to go if you want to get involved as a volunteer.
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
It is a constant challenge for all sporting organisations to recruit more volunteers, and to provide them with the motivation to stay.
Sport Waitakere has many resources that may help your club.
You can download the ‘Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers’ document in our resources section, select 'Clubs, Sport and Volunteers' in the drop down menu. This will give you a basic coverage of what your organisation could be doing to improve the management of your volunteers. You will also find a series of Role Descriptions as Word Documents, which can be manipulated to create your own role descriptions specific to your club.
The ClubKit section of the Sport New Zealand website is another good resource.
Rewarding and Acknowledging
Rewarding and acknowledging your Volunteers is a great way to make them feel valued, and encourages them to stay at your club.
It does not have to be expensive, just a simple mention in a newsletter, or a quick ‘thanks for your efforts’ goes a long way.
For lots more ideas on ways to thank your volunteers you can visit the websites below, or you can download the ‘Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers’ document in our resources section, select 'Clubs, Sport and Volunteers' in the drop down menu.
•Sport New Zeland
Volunteering Auckland is an organisation whose mission is to promote and support volunteering to individuals, organisations and the community within the greater Auckland region.
It has resources for clubs who want to improve the experience for their volunteers, and well as opportunities for people who want to get involved in volunteering.
They produce regular newsletters, which you can download from the Volunteering New Zealand website.
For further information contact Julie Bennett on 966 3100 or email@example.com